If anyone had listened: the Exile on Frey from last year

The Exile had James Frey pegged on Day One and even more so on Day Two, even before he was unmasked as a proven fake.

just another dry drunk asshole. They’re popular these days. Representative quotes:

Rehab stories provide a way for pampered trust-fund brats like Frey to claim victim status. These swine already have money, security and position and now want to corner the market in suffering and scars, the consolation prizes of the truly lost.

Frey got those anecdotes the no-risk way: he stole them from a real druggie/criminal author. A much better and more honest one, a guy named Eddie Little-specifically, Frey looted Little’s great debut novel, Another Day in Paradise.

The accusation of theft from Eddie Little is interesting; I’ll have to find that book.

Thanks to salome_st_john for pointing this one out.

7 thoughts on “If anyone had listened: the Exile on Frey from last year

  1. and I haven’t even had any coffee yet today.
    In case you weren’t sure just who might absolutely love this book, Patti Davis is defending it on MSNBC.com. Yes, that Patti Davis. Kind of goes along with the whole point made in the second Exile article, doesn’t it?
    Poor Patti doesn’t seem to get the point: It’s not that he wrote a book that’s essentially fiction and called it a memoir. It’s that he got up in front of millions and said THIS IS ME. He claimed this victim status, this trial-by-fire-but-I-got-it-by-the-balls persona. He became an example of hope for others – people who actually needed that hope and who could pay the price if they lost it. And he used the connection people made between the story and him to rise to fame, notoriety, and success. He climbed to the top of the heap using real suffering that was not his own. If his book had been that goddamn brilliant, Patti, then why did no one want to publish it before he went away to rewrite and repackage it as a memoir?
    What a bunch of assholes.


  2. Eddie Little
    Eddie was an awsome writer, and I may add, a good pal of mine, and it’s creepy when people steal–but there is many a rehabbed who has lifted the drunk/drugalogue of another just to give themselves some street cred.
    Eddie also wrote some great stuff for the Weekly, along with another book (Steeltoes); Andrew Vachss immortalized him in The Getaway Man. He was a sweet but scary guy, and I learned a lot from knowing him. Now of course I’m gonna go growl and snarl over Frey’s book.
    It’d be deeply satisfying if this connection became widely known and recognized, and helps further in Frey’s downfall, while giving Eddie the posthumously glory he deserves.


    1. Re: Eddie Little
      I thought I had read him in the Weekly. Thanks for the additional info. Also, I added you because of this and your horrible horrible “epicene and not heard” pun.


    2. Re: Eddie Little
      Thanks ever so much! I do so enjoy the Pepys ref as well…There was a GREAT cover story about (and possibly by) Eddie wherein he describes the cops beating the sugar out of him…I can’t find it on the Weekly’s archive right now, but it was sorta his re-entry into the straight world (ahahah) of writing, a bit before Another Day in Paradise came out.


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